How to Customize Your Squarespace Site with HTML

Adding Custom Code Blocks

Are you looking to take your Squarespace site customization to the next level? With Squarespace, you have the flexibility to add HTML, Markdown, CSS, and more to your website. By using code blocks, you can embed third-party widgets, render HTML and Markdown, or display code snippets. Let’s explore how you can add custom code to your Squarespace site.

Adding a Code Block

To add a code block to your page, blog post, sidebar, footer, or any other content area, follow these steps:

  1. Edit the page or post where you want to add the code block.
  2. Click on the “Add Block” button or insert the code block at the desired location.
  3. Select the “Code” option from the block options.
  4. Open the block editor by clicking on the pencil icon on the block.
  5. Enter your code in the text field provided.
  6. If you’re using the code block to display code snippets, toggle on the “Display Source” option.

Adding HTML or Markdown

When using the code block for code rendering, make sure to select either HTML or Markdown from the “Type” menu. Simply enter or paste your code into the text field. To paste the code, copy it and use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + V (Windows) or Command + V (Mac).

By default, code blocks set to CSS or JavaScript display the code as text. To render CSS or JavaScript, select HTML from the drop-down menu. For CSS, surround the code with <style> tags, and for JavaScript, use <script> tags.

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Enhancing Code Display

The code block is an excellent option for displaying code snippets as it automatically formats them for readability. To enable code display, simply toggle on the “Display Source” option. This feature is particularly useful when you want to showcase examples of code.

Previewing Embedded Code

Sometimes, for security purposes, the code you added to a code block might not appear when you’re logged in, even though visitors can see it. If you can’t see the code you added, click on “Preview in Safe Mode” to view the embedded item.

Troubleshooting Code Blocks

Encountering issues with code blocks? Here are a few troubleshooting tips:

  • If your code isn’t rendering on a page within an Index, try removing the page from the Index in the Pages panel and log out of your site.
  • Ajax loading can sometimes interfere with custom code. Test by disabling Ajax to see if the issue persists.
  • If you’re unable to edit your site due to code block issues, disable scripts in preview mode to edit or remove the code.

If you’re still experiencing difficulties, it’s best to reach out to the original source where you obtained the code (such as the service providing the widget) as they will be familiar with its intended functionality.

For more information on adding custom code, check out the resources below:

  • Learn best practices for adding custom code.
  • Read our general guide on code-based customizations.
  • Visit the Squarespace Forum, our customer and developer forum.
  • Hire a Squarespace Expert to help build custom code for your site.
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